Enjoy the Adventure of Professional Development
Please remember that the journey to excellence can be fun! Being your best is not about putting pressure on yourself or trying to please others. It is about learning to see the opportunity in every circumstance. We have choices: do we get bitter or grow better? Do we complain or do we seek wisdom? Do we judge or look for the best in others?
When we choose to find the gift in everything, life becomes an unfolding adventure of self-expression and self-expansion.
Practice these steps for tremendous professional growth:
- Give your best performance every day. Shakespeare said, “Life is a stage.” Each role you take on, each project you do, each title you have is a chance to express yourself and shine. Give each day the most energy and enthusiasm you can. Imagine going to a concert. If the performer walked onto stage low on energy and high in self-doubt, how would the audience react? The answer is obvious. So why do we sometimes approach our work this way?
If you are depleted, facing personal challenges or not getting adequate rest, then you need a way to fill your energy tank. You need strength and focus to do your best on the stage of life. You need to believe in yourself.
Your best may vary from day to day but you are not in a competition with others. Compete with yourself to be your personal best. Cooperate with others and be inspired by their achievements. Tell yourself, “That’s great. If he can do it, I can do it too.” Make the most of this play of life.
- Dress and Act Professionally. Take a second look at the way you dress for work. Be conscious of the image you create with the clothes you choose. Be sure you are dressing for respect.
Women, don’t distract men with seductive clothing. Don’t compromise your standards and think that your sexual appeal or bedroom performance will help you climb the ladder. This is a short-term measure that can ruin your long-term reputation.
Men, keep sexual matters out of the office. Give your attention to the ability of your female co-workers not their sensuality. Make sure your compliments are work related. What we give out comes back to us. Who knows, a woman you pressure sexually today may decide your salary tomorrow.
It’s good to be friendly and cooperative at work. Personal connections can strengthen professional relationships. However, too much talk of personal dramas could hinder your performance and even diminish the level of respect you receive from colleagues.
- Create a powerful presence. Leave a lasting impression. Walk into the room with your shoulders back and head held high. Speak with confidence. Be friendly. Smile. Take time to connect with fellow employees and customers in a way that builds understanding and extends kindness. In doing so, you will leave a lasting mark wherever you work. Look into other people’s eyes. See the best in them just as you would like them to see the best in you. Build rapport that keeps people coming back. Consistent courtesy and thoughtfulness leaves a lasting impression. Show people you value them. Go the extra mile.
Food For Thought
“Most people never feel secure because they are always worried that they will lose their job, lose the money they already have, lose their spouse, lose their health, and so on. The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family.”
– Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Author & Success Coach
Patricia Omoqui, The Thought Dr.™, is an executive coach and business consultant, the author of Clarify Your Purpose and Live It! She is sought after as a corporate/civil service trainer, inspirational speaker and life coach. Patricia is an American married to a Nigerian. She is a passionate facilitator of positive change.